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Emirati Artist Farah Al Qasimi Takes on Europe With Her Latest Exhibition

The young photographer takes the UAE’s daily life global

The south of France has been quite busy this summer to say the least. Having hosted several international events over the past few weeks, Farah Al Qasimi is the latest to take over the city of Arles to showcase her work. 

Les Rencontres d’Arles, an annual photography festival running from July to September, will be exhibiting the renowned New York City based artist’s work. Comprised of eight photographs, the series delves into the UAE’s daily life and habits whilst also scouring matters surrounding gender and identity. 

Farah Al Qasimi, S and A on the Phone, from the Imitation of Life series, 2020. 
Farah Al Qasimi, Chickpea Skins,from the Imitation of Life series, 2020.

Usually attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors, the festival, which was postponed last year due to the pandemic, invited Al Qasimi alongside nine other artists to introduce their crafts in the Provencal City.

Imitation of Life, as the series is titled is the latest product of the young creative mind as she breaks away from most traditional ways of photography at the crossroads between “portraiture in the western painting practice as well as documentary photography”.


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Hanging against a backdrop that portrays a scene from a furniture shop in Sharjah, the exhibition is definitely worth the detour, only shedding further light onto the Emirati kingdom.



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